Setting intentions can be a powerful way to cultivate motivation, direction, and effort toward what you want to practice within your life.
If you set an intention to do something, you’re more likely to follow through because you’re not on autopilot. You’re actively thinking about what you want to bring to your day.
Each Enneagram Type has strengths and weaknesses. All types have aspects of their life to work on to experience personal growth, deeper relationships, and more fulfillment in their life.
The best examples of intentions prioritize areas where each type can grow – and how setting a specific intention can directly benefit your Enneagram Type.
Below you will find helpful intentions to set based on your enneagram type to help you develop the healthy side of your personality by confronting and overcoming unhealthy habits or beliefs.
Examples Of Intentions For Each Enneagram Type
Intention to set: Do one thing every day that brings you joy (and is not on your to-do list.)
It’s easy to push aside the fun things when it feels like there are more important things to get done, but when Enneagram 1s are at their best, they’re finding ways to add a little spontaneity into their lives.
Rules are great, but it’s fun to break them every once in a while. Plus, it doesn’t have to be on your to-do list to be productive for your mental health.
If you’re an Enneagram One, what’s one thing you can do today that brings you joy?
Intention to set: Say yes to your own needs.
When you say yes to someone else, you’re saying no to something in exchange. And often, for enneagram 2s, it’s their own needs that get neglected.
When you say no to someone else, you get to say yes to yourself. And when you say yes to yourself, you create space for energy and happiness to give to others from a place of abundance rather than seeking to earn acceptance.
If you’re an Enneagram Two, what’s one thing you can do for yourself and your needs today?
Intention to set: Evaluate your feelings and identify which emotion you’re experiencing.
It’s easy for 3s to be in a go-go-go mode without checking in or assessing how something they’re doing is actually making them feel.
Asking yourself simple questions like:
- Am I enjoying this?
- What do I want out of this effort?
- Why am I doing what I’m doing?
Make it a priority to check in with yourself so that you’re not just going after goals out of obligation or recognition for being the kind of person who can accomplish something significant.
Just because you’re good at getting things done doesn’t mean you always must be working or pursuing a big goal.
If you’re an Enneagram Three, what’s one way you can check in with how you’re feeling today?
Intention to set: Stay in your lane by avoiding comparison to others.
Type Fours are at their best when they stay in their zone of genius without comparing themselves to others or feeling like something is too big for them to tackle. They can learn to do so by focusing just on what’s in front of them.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed or distracted, but take one step at a time and allow yourself to get into the flow no matter what you’re working on.
If you’re an Enneagram Four, what is meaningful that you want to focus on today?
Intention to set: Look for connections that move you toward presence.
Feeling grounded and connected is so crucial for Enneagram 5s. Fives can use their observation skills to seek what they are looking for; by nature, their intentionality can help them find it.
Identify ways to ground yourself, so you’re not in your head but instead feeling present. Ask open-ended questions to connect with others, or start a journaling practice to get in tune with your feelings.
If you’re an Enneagram Five, what can you practice to make you feel connected today?
Intention to set: Trust your insight.
Take a deep breath, and remember that you can handle hard things. There are many things to worry about or get overwhelmed with; however, we all have instincts and intuition. Prioritize accessing this part of yourself, and work daily to develop trusting these aspects.
If you’re an Enneagram Six, what’s one thing you can do today to practice self-trust?
Intention to set: Seek joy in the simplicity.
Every experience doesn’t have to be groundbreaking for it to be meaningful & exciting. There is always beauty and excitement to be found in the ordinary. Find ways to experience the little things as the big things – and maybe even start to prioritize deeper connections to keep things interesting.
If you’re an Enneagram Seven, what’s a small thing you can find appreciation for today?
Intention to set: Practice self-kindness.
Eights work hard but can be demanding of themselves and others in the process. Remind yourself extending grace and kindness to yourself will not limit or prevent you from making an impact. Instead, it can help you to be more empathetic and lead others effectively.
Enneagram 8s exude self-confidence but can carry insecurities like the rest of the types – it’s essential to give the same compassion you lend to others for yourself too.
What’s something you can do to show yourself kindness today?
Intention to set: Make some bold moves.
Movement forward is still making progress on your goals. Input can be valuable; however, you don’t always have to do what people tell you you need to be doing or how you need to do it. Feel into it. You’ll know when it’s time to make the moves; there’s no rush, but determine to take action when you want something.
You don’t have to do it all right away, but prioritize making some moves that align with how you want to live your life and what is important to you.
If you’re an Enneagram Nine, what move can you make toward the life you want today?
Want to take your intentions a step further? Below are three tips to help you commit or add to these examples of intentions.
- Share your intentions with a friend you trust.
- Compliment your intentions by using the Enneagram Daily Planner.
- Write down your intentions.
If you have more questions about your Enneagram Type or need help figuring out which number you are, check out the post: How to Find Your Enneagram With 4 Helpful Tips.